the third time in the UFC 252
The title fights don’t get much bigger than that. Two of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history are set to meet for the third time in the UFC 252 Main Event when Stipe Miocic takes on Daniel Cormier. Each fighter has scored a knockout in the previous two encounters with Miocic winning the last game. Now the two will be looking to settle the score in the grudge match.
Miocic took on the proverbial heavyweight challenge of his career. The champion has scored 15 knockouts in 19 career wins, including a stretch for Mark Hunt, Andre Arlovsky, Fabricio Wiredom, Alistair Overrim, Junior dos Santos and Frances Ngano over a four-year span that earned him the title. TKO’s first-round loss to Cormier in 2018 was only the second of his career.
On the other hand, Cormer is one of the most accomplished personalities in the history of sport. Their only professional losses came to Music and John Jones (Jones’ second loss was later reduced to non-competition). He won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2012 and has won victories over Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Dan Henderson, Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafson, Anderson Silva, among others. The win (although he thinks it exists) cements Cormier as one of the best in MMA history.
It’s a game that feels more like a Rocky movie than a real UFC fight, and Daniel Cormier will walk one last time to the Octagon as he tries to reclaim the heavyweight championship from Stipe Miocic.
The fighters have had two very entertaining appearances in their careers so far, with Cormer scoring TKO in the first round over Miocic at UFC 226 in 2018 and Miocic returning the favor via TKO in the fourth round at UFC 241 in 2019.
Now they will overtake UFC 252 in Las Vegas.
The main co-event will feature undefeated “Sugar” Sean O’Malley, as he seeks to solidify his position as an MMA star. Marlon will face “Chito” Vera, who has never lost a ranged fight in his professional fighter career and will be O’Malley’s toughest test to date.
Away from the main event, an aspiring star of the Pantamite franchise returns when Sean O’Malley confronts Marlon Vera. O’Malley has been negotiating since his debut in Dana White’s Contender series in 2017 and returned from a two-year suspension at USADA in March with a resounding knockout against Jose Quinonez. Then Eddie Winland came to power in June. Now he’s passing his toughest test yet, as Vera has never lost and won five of his last six matches.
Plus, a pair of heavyweights tackle it when he takes on Jair Rozenstruik with former Junior Champion Dos Santos. Both men have knockout power and are looking to get back in line for the title.
reported by mlive